Environmental Molecular Epidemiology Research Group: The Mission of the Harvard-Michigan/Michigan-Harvard Metals Epidemiology Research Group (MERG) is to gain new insights into the impacts of exposure to potentially toxic metals that are of critical importance to public health and medicine by applying multi-disciplinary and novel methods of exposure assessment, genetics, nutrition, psychosocial factors and clinical measurements in epidemiologic studies of human populations around the world.
Neuroepidemiology Research Group: The Harvard School of Public Health Neuroepidemiology Research Group is a team of scientists collaborating in the epidemiological investigation of multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological diseases. We are based at HSPH, with collaborators at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and other institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. Our primary research involves the application of epidemiological methods to identify causal risk factors for neurological diseases, and our focus is on the conduction of large prospective investigations into the effects of nutrition, environment, and infectious agents on neurological disease risk, as well as the identification of biomarkers and genetic determinants of neurological disease susceptibility.
Superfund Research Program: The program’s six research projects share the central theme of exposure to metals and childhood neurological development. These studies follow populations affected by three hazardous waste sites: in Tar Creek, Oklahoma; in Mexico City, Mexico; and in the Mungshiganj and Pabna districts of Bangladesh.